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  1. AnaBanana.RN

    HELP super nervous for my NICU Interview

    Hello Everyone, Sorry it took me so long to give an update. Unfortunately, I did not get the job and I took it really hard initially, but I realized although I'm not a NICU nurse yet, I will get there. I got hired at a long term acute care hospital and I know this is my first stepping stone towards my goal of becoming a NICU nurse. Thank you all for your support and advice.
  2. AnaBanana.RN

    Corrections to NICU

    If this is your dream job, put all you have into it and one day you will get it. Find out if the NICUs in your area accept Associate's degree nurses or if you must have a Bachelor's. I have one in my area that accepts Associate's degree nurses and I also made it clear that I'm working on my BSN so that they know I am headed in the right direction. Also, see if you can find out what units you may be floated to. For instance the hospital I applied for can float you to L&D, peds, and postpartum. I would definitely have current BLS and NRP. If possible also get STABLE program certified. It's about post resuscitation care of the neonate and due to COVID, you may be able to get it online. I also have ACLS (relevant for L&D), intro to fetal heart monitoring (relevant for L&D), and PALS (relevant for pediatrics). I honestly feel like getting these certifications can give you the edge you need over other candidates. Some people say to wait till you get hired and the hospital will pay for your certifications, but if the hiring manager is down between two people I think they would pick the one that already has the certifications. Invest in your future career and you will get where you want to be. Best of Luck! 🙂
  3. I went for an interview yesterday for my dream NICU job at my dream hospital. I had been prepping for the interview for an entire week for possible questions. I prepared my answers for these potential questions and practiced them out loud and with my boyfriend. I had probably a list of 30 questions and I had 5 different patient scenarios ready for patient scenario type questions. I also studied the common conditions you would face in the NICU, signs and symptoms, how its diagnosed, interventions, and what I should expect the provider to order just incase they asked me about any of that. I had a safety patient scenario, a conflict with a patient scenario, a collaborative patient scenario, an ICU patient scenario, and a medically challenging patient. I walked into the interview feeling confident. I had my interview with the unit manager and 4 shift managers. Well the very 1st question was "Tell me about a time you had a crucial patient and tell me how you used critical thinking to care for this patient? What actions did you take? What was the result and what would you have done differently?" And I was like a deer in headlights. I was able to stumble my way through it. And then I was asked 4 more questions similar to the one above where each questions was like an onslaught of 5 questions. I could not come up with something for 2 out of the 5 scenarios and the other 3 were not adequate answers. I felt stupid. After the 5th question like this, they asked if I had any questions. I said "That's it?" and they were like yeah we only ask 5 patient scenarios for our interview. I felt destroyed, I felt there was no way I could possibly redeem myself. I said I know this probably wasn't the best interview, but I want to tell you about me and why I want to work here. And I said something to the effect I'm compassionate, ambitious, and I possess leadership skills. I was in the student nurses association at my school and was the communications manager. I volunteered here in the ED, and I've done a year of my clinical here. And I've met so many amazing nurses here that I aspire to be like. And I was about to cry so I stopped and said I'm sorry I'm not good at interviews. And the unit manager was said "That was very heartfelt, and I'm not expecting you to be great at interviews, if you were a nurse for 25 years I would expect you to be great at interviews." And he went on a bit talking more about interviews. I then asked about the orientation process and they spent about 10 minutes explaining the process which made me feel like maybe I do still have a shot or they wouldn't be wasting their time on me. I came with 5 full portfolios for each interviewer, I have BLS, ACLS, PALS, S.T.A.B.L.E, NRP, and Intro to fetal heart monitoring and 5 letters of reference from previous instructors all of whom work at that hospital. I have experience as a home care aide, I did two clinical rotations in that NICU, I included evidence of my professional memberships (AWHONN and NANN), and not to mention my cover letter rocked. Well anyways at the end of the interview, he said I want you to know your still in the running and he gave me his business card and I'm really hoping I'm not holding on to this thread of hope for nothing and he just did that because he felt bad for me. They were all really nice. I drove home ugly crying and no one believed me when I told them it was bad because I was actually making the story sound slightly better out of embarrassment. I am so sorry this is so long, but getting it out is making me feel a lot better. They told me they would be making their decision this Friday.
  4. AnaBanana.RN

    HELP super nervous for my NICU Interview

    The interview was hard. They asked 5 behavioral scenarios and I completely blanked on 2 of them and I don't feel the other 3 were adequate answers. For instance one question was tell me about a time you had a crucial patient and tell me how you used critical thinking to care for this patient? What actions did you take and what was the result? What would you have done differently? Being a new grad this was really difficult for me to answer. They then asked 4 more similar questions and then that was it. I was like thats it? And they said that they only ask 5 behavioral questions. I was trying to save the interview and I said I know this interview wasn't great but I want to tell you about myself and why I want the job. They were very nice and the unit manager gave me his business card and he said he wanted me to know that I'm still in the running. I'm just hoping he isn't giving me false hope because he felt bad for me. I made 5 nursing portfolios and gave them 5 letters of recommendation from my previous clinical instructors who work at that hospital and I spent a year of my clinicals there, I'm really hoping that is enough to save me.
  5. AnaBanana.RN

    HELP super nervous for my NICU Interview

    Hello, I am a new grad and I have a NICU interview in two days. I'm super nervous about what kind of patient care scenarios they might ask. What patient scenarios do you think they are likely to ask me?
  6. AnaBanana.RN

    NICU Interview Tips For A New Grad

    I have an upcoming interview for a level III NICU in two weeks. I'm a new grad RN and am super nervous for this interview because this is my dream job. Any input on what to expect, sample questions, things I could do to stand out, or common NICU interview mistakes would be greatly appreciated.
  7. AnaBanana.RN

    Cover Letter Help

    Hello, I am a new graduate nurse and am seeking advice on how to get my cover letter noticed and not just thrown into a pile that will never be read. I have attached my current cover letter below and any advice would be appreciated, especially if you were/are a hiring manager. August 27, 2020 Dear Hiring Manager, I am a compassionate and dedicated new graduate registered nurse seeking to strengthen my knowledge, skills, and experience in neonatal nursing through employment with Dignity Health. I spent a majority of my clinicals at St. Joseph’s Medical Center where I had the opportunity to experience and participate in compassion, inclusion, integrity, excellence, and collaboration. (I picked this specific statement because these are the values of their organization) As a recent graduate of San Joaquin Delta College, I have demonstrated academic success, leadership, and adaptability. I was a Student Nurse Association member from February 2019 to May 2020 and was elected to be the communications manager in December 2019. I have been a volunteer in the Emergency Department at St. Joseph’s Medical Center since December 2019. I am also a current member of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses and Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nursing. This helps to ensure I will stay up to date on current evidence-based practice. I aspire to be the best nurse I can be through a commitment to lifelong learning and patient centered care. I am currently enrolled in an RN to BSN program and plan to continue my education further. I am a dedicated individual who utilizes critical thinking to provide the best outcomes to my patients. My priority is to make a positive impact on my patients and their families by providing compassionate, safe, and quality care. I admire the mission, vision, and values of Dignity Health and firmly believe I would be a valued asset to the health care team and patients. I would be grateful to be considered for employment and look forward to an opportunity to discuss the contribution that I can provide to Dignity Health. Thank you for your time and consideration. Sincerely,
  8. Hello, I am a new grad nurse and am applying for jobs. I previously worked as a home care aide, but unfortunately my supervisor no longer works there. I only directly dealt with her. I have tried contacting her to ask if it is okay to use her as a reference and have not received a reply back. I don't have her personal email either. A lot of applications are asking whether or not it is okay to contact the supervisor. I feel that it looks really bad if I put "Do Not Contact Supervisor" and there is no area where I can leave a comment explaining why. I feel that this may raise a red flag to anyone reading the application and make it so I don't even get an interview. Any thoughts on the matter would be appreciated.
  9. AnaBanana.RN

    Should I mention this in an interview?

    Hello, I am a new grad nurse and am hoping to be hired in a NICU. If I am interviewed for a position as a NICU RN, should I mention my goal of wanting to become a neonatal nurse practitioner? The reason I ask is what happens if for some reason that hospital does not have neonatal nurse practitioners and only has physicians and then they won't want to hire me because they don't see me staying with them for more than a couple years. Also, if you think I should mention it, should I also mention it for postpartum and L&D interviews in the case I don't get hired in a NICU initially? Sorry if this sounds like a silly question, I'm just unsure if most hospitals have neonatal nurse practitioners or not. Thank you for any advice. 🙂
  10. AnaBanana.RN

    Cover Letter Advice

    Hello, I am a new grad and am hoping to be hired as a NICU, postpartum, or L & D nurse. I am passionate about NICU, but would gladly start in a postpartum or L & D unit to jump start my career. I was hoping I could get feedback on my cover letter. Is there some things you would advice me to take out or is there something you would recommend me adding? Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated. Dear Hiring Manager, I have always had an interest in healthcare, but was driven to nursing after my sister was hit by a car. She spent three months in the hospital in which I was able to observe the care that nurses provided and the difference they can make to the patient and family during the most difficult of times. During clinicals, I discovered my love and passion for maternal-neonatal nursing and I am unable to imagine wanting to do anything else. I applied for this position, knowing that I will make an excellent addition to your healthcare team. As a recent graduate of San Joaquin Delta College, I have demonstrated academic success, leadership, and adaptability. I was a Student Nurse Association member since February 2019 and was elected to be the communications manager the following December. I have been a volunteer in the Emergency Department at St. Joseph’s Medical Center since December 2019. I am also a current member of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses and Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nursing to assist me with staying up to date on current evidence-based practice. I aspire to be the best nurse I can be through commitment to lifelong learning and patient centered care. I am a dedicated individual who utilizes critical thinking to provide the best possible outcomes for my patients. My priority is to make a positive impact on my patients and their families by providing compassionate, safe, and quality care. I admire the mission, vision, and values of Sutter Health and firmly believe I would be a valued asset to the health care team and patients. I would be grateful to be considered for employment and look forward to an opportunity to discuss the contribution that I can make to Sutter Health. Thank you for your time and consideration. Sincerely,
  11. AnaBanana.RN

    Balancing Going to School for NNP and Work

    Hello, I am interested in becoming a neonatal nurse practitioner. I wanted to know if it is realistic to work full time while also working towards my NNP. Also, I noticed there are a very limited amount of NNP schools out there with only one in California at San Francisco State University. Are most NNP schools online? If so how do you get hands on experience? Also, if you were able to work full time and work towards your NNP how many hours a week on average did you devote towards it and how long did it take you to graduate? Please also mention what school you attended. Sorry for all the questions, it just seems really hard to find information about becoming a NNP. Thank you for any information you can provide me. 🙂
  12. Hello, I recently finished my ADN program and am looking for an accredited BSN program online. I am hoping to find an online school that is respected within the nursing community and provides high quality education. Cost is also a big factor for me; I am hoping my BSN will cost me less than 15,000. Any and all recommendations are highly appreciated.
  13. I just graduated from nursing school and am currently waiting to take the NCLEX. I have a passion for L&D/NICU and am wondering if I should start in Medical Surgical Nursing to get a good foundation. For those of you working in L&D/NICU did you start in Med Surg and if so, how do you think it benefited you versus those who did not start out in Med Surg?